About Graham Chalmers
I have always had an interest in the landscape since I was a young boy and used to gulp my tea down so that I could watch the sky change colour as the sun set over the River Tay. Little did I realise, that many years later, I would still be chasing the light. At the age of about nine my Gran gave me my first camera - a Kodak Instamatic 104. I proceeded to thrill/bore my friends with numerous mediocre photographs of dots in the sky (various planes), dots in the sea (ships/submarines) and headless people.
When I was considerably older, I took up hillwalking in Scotland and embarked upon several exotic holidays to far off lands, climbing up high mountains in Africa, riding camels in Egypt, canoeing down the Amazon, sampling the local cuisine, being ill, etc. I was literally blown away by the beauty of the landscape. This was when my passion really stared to grow and I evolved along with it. I now attempt to capture the essence of these beautiful landscapes by creating images that appeal to me and hopefully others.
I have used a variety of photographic equipment over the years. The images on this website were created with the following:
Mamiya 645 Pro - a medium format film camera with 35mm, 55mm, 80mm, 150mm and 300mm lenses.
Linhof 617 - a specialist panoramic medium format film camera with 90mm and 180mm lenses.
Canon 1ds MkII 16Mp SLR and Canon 5d Mk II 21Mp SLR digital cameras using 16-35mm, 24mm TS, 45mm TS, 24-70mm, 70-210mm, 400mm lenses.
My most important accessory is a carbon fibre Gitzo 3530 tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. This combination provides the stable platform I require when taking all my pictures. Although heavy to carry around all the time, it is definitely worth the effort.
Other items requiring a mention are a remote cable release, assorted Lee filters and a Really Right Stuff panoramic head set up, useful when stitching images together to create panoramas.
One aspect often overlooked in photography equipment is clothing. In Scotland we are often blessed with five seasons in one day. The fifth season being the midge feeding frenzy. A comprehensive range of fleeces, waterproofs, hats, gloves and boots are all essential everyday kit.
All the above are stuffed into a Lowepro Vertex 300 backpack.